Support One Another

Scripture: Galatians 6:2, ‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.’

 

Observations: As followers of Christ Paul commands us to ‘carry each other’s burdens.’ In the Greek it’s literally, ‘one another’s burdens carry. (allēlōn ta barē bastadzete)’ The word baros refers to a weight, which figuratively means a hardship, or a burden whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. As followers of Jesus we ought to support our brothers and sisters in Christ by helping them through whatever difficulties or hardships they are facing. According to Paul, ‘in this way we will fulfill the law of Christ.’ Paul may be thinking of a specific ‘law of Christ’ i.e. love one another, in which case we show our love for one another by carrying each other’s burdens. Or he may be thinking of a more general ‘law of Christ’ i.e. how we act like Jesus, in which case we carry each other’s burdens because Jesus carried our burdens, particularly our burden of sin on the cross. Basically, Christians support their fellow Christians.

 

Application: In what ways do you carry the burdens of your brothers and sisters in Christ? How are you helping people through hardships or difficulties? Have you ever cooked a meal for a family that is struggling? Have you ever prayed with someone who is going through a particular hardship? Have you generously helped someone in financial difficulty? How are you supporting others in our church?

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You sent Jesus to carry my burden of sin on the cross, in fact He took that burden away, so that I bear it no more. Lord, help me to carry the burdens of my fellow brothers and sisters, that they might know that they have someone in their life that cares about them. Lord, may they see Your love flow out through my life in practical ways. Help me to be generous and compassionate towards others, and willing to love them sacrificially, just as You love me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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